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FROM THE ITALIAN OF MICHAEL ANGELO

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          YES! hope may with my strong desire keep pace,
          And I be undeluded, unbetrayed;
          For if of our affections none finds grace
          In sight of Heaven, then, wherefore hath God made
          The world which we inhabit? Better plea
          Love cannot have, than that in loving thee
          Glory to that eternal Peace is paid,
          Who such divinity to thee imparts
          As hallows and makes pure all gentle hearts.
          His hope is treacherous only whose love dies                10
          With beauty, which is varying every hour;
          But, in chaste hearts uninfluenced by the power
          Of outward change, there blooms a deathless flower,
          That breathes on earth the air of paradise.
                                                              1806.


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